Month: June 2020

Nonfiction Book Review: I Contain Multitudes

Posted June 28, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Nonfiction Book Review: I Contain Multitudes

Ed Yong, I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life (2016) When I was asked to contribute a “book I should have read” to Keeping Up with the Penguins, this one sprang to mind. And spurred by that reminder, I did finally read it! I can now recommend it to […]

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New Release Review: Shadowplay

Posted June 21, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
New Release Review: Shadowplay

Joseph O’Connor, Shadowplay (2019) Till recently, I knew nothing about Bram Stoker beyond his name, as the author of Dracula. I didn’t know he was the theatrical manager for Henry Irving, and worked with Ellen Terry — about both of whom I did know a little more, largely thanks to my reading of the theatre-mad […]

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A spontaneous challenge: Summer in Other Languages

Posted June 17, 2020 by Lory in challenges / 26 Comments
A spontaneous challenge: Summer in Other Languages

As part of my personal language learning goals, I’ve decided to challenge myself to read only French for my pleasure reading in the month of July. I’m pleased the lovely Emma of Words and Peace has agreed to join me for a buddy read of Complètement cramé by the popular contemporary novelist Gilles Legardinier. Paris […]

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Do you dislike first-person narratives?

Posted June 14, 2020 by Lory in discussions / 50 Comments
Do you dislike first-person narratives?

I’ve seen some comments around the blogosphere from people who say they categorically dislike first-person narration. I find this puzzling, and a bit ironic considering how deeply this form is rooted in the history of fiction; many early novels were written in the first person as “letters” or “memoirs” so the authors could present them […]

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Month in Review: May 2020

Posted June 7, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 28 Comments
Month in Review: May 2020

I’m back from my blog break — returning at one of those times when it seems a bit strange and self-indulgent to just talk about books. But I still think that reading is one of the things that holds us together in this broken world, and an act of courage and conscience. We readers are […]

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